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NBCSL is the nation's premier organization exclusively representing and serving the interests of African-American state legislators. With more than 700 members collectively representing over 60 million Americans, NBCSL serves as a national network, advocate and catalyst for public policy innovation, information exchange, and joint action on critical issues. Our members stand at the forefront of change in our nation, tirelessly working to ensure that we have a government that works for us all. Today, we face a new legislative playing field, and it is up to us to ensure that we maintain a strong cohesive voice and remain relevant in state and national conversations. Together, we can bring more awareness and resolution to the disparities our communities actively and unjustly face.

Membership in NBCSL not only fuels our collective voice as we consider issues affecting African Americans and other marginalized communities, it makes us stronger as legislators. As African-American legislators, we have the challenge of a dual role—we must advocate for the concerns of people of color while simultaneously representing mainstream and other unique constituencies. Thus, NBCSL offers numerous opportunities and resources designed to help legislators grow their networks, stay abreast of critical news and policy issues, enhance their skills, and maximize their legislative effectiveness and tenures.

Becoming an NBCSL member is easy! You can choose to join and renew each year for a small annual fee of just $100.

Why join NBCSL?

  • Special event and program invitations throughout the year
  • Access to model legislation from in other states that may be beneficial to your residents
  • Opportunity for a scholarship to attend our Annual Legislative Conference
  • Opportunity to connect with our corporate round table members for potential collaboration on needs of importance to your region and their industry
  • Important Legislative updates sent directly to your inbox
  • Invitations to activities exclusive for NBCSL Members, locally and nationally
  • Members only website access and connection to our Legislators Directory